From coal mining to air pollution, Jharkhand has been facing various environmental issues for years. Fridays for Future Jharkhand is a youth-led movement addressing these issues of environment, climate change and climate justice. It is the only indigenous-led movement among 62 state chapters in India.
FFF Jharkhand commenced in the month of June 2020 with very active and supportive volunteers. Today the group has a total of 79 volunteers starting from the age of 14 and above. This initiative has been started under the leadership of Ashish Birulee who is a photojournalist and an Anti-Nuclear Activist from the Ho community of Jharkhand.
FFFJharkhand is also trying to bring in notice the significance of Indigenous way of living including their sustainable practices of celebrating festivals. The Indigenous traditions, culture and festivals have always been eco-friendly and the community threads the knowledge to their coming generations about the protection and promotion of nature’s importance for the whole of humanity.
Our group feels that the Global Climate Strike is the need of an hour to bring attention and spread awareness to the young people, corporates and the government as how we humans have been continuously destroying nature for our greed of money and power. We should not delay in making them realise that we already have headed towards Climate Emergency. It is always the environment who protects us and it is our responsibility to protect it.
Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand is where we have planned the peaceful demonstration on the occasion of Global Climate strike on 25th September 2020.
Our activities include clean-up drive and creating awareness among the stall vendors to use leaf plates instead of plastic and thermocol, to talk to the general public and aware of the Climate Crisis and plastic pollution, spreading awareness on environmental issues in general. Apart from all these activities, one of our main activities is to install 5 Bamboo Dustbins provided by Ekastha Foundation, who is our Co-partner in this mission.
Looking at the present scenario of Covid-19 we are not inviting the general public for strike. However, the strike will be carried by our only volunteers who have officially registered. All the precautions we have set are under the Covid-19 guidelines which will be strictly followed by every representative.
The major focus of the strike will be on how to reduce plastic pollution, overconsumption of electricity, saving groundwater, and also to make people aware of the importance of forests and the need to protect forest-dwelling communities in true sense are the guardian of nature.
Our group believes “There is an immediate need rather than ultimate need to protect the nature”
Location: Morabadi Ranchi, Jharkhand
Timing: 8:00 am -11:00 am
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